A former JSU assistant coach is set to join the staff of the national champion Clemson Tigers. Todd Bates is leaving his post to coach the defensive line with the Tigers. Bates served three seasons with the Gamecocks and helped build one of the best defensive lines in the FCS. He replaces Marion Hobby who left Clemson for the Jacksonville Jaguars. His hiring makes yet another connection between Alabama and Clemson. Bates played in Tuscaloosa from 2001 to 2005 and Tiger head coach Dabo Swinney, who also played for the Tide, actually recruited Bates to Bama. Prior to his days in Tuscaloosa, Bates was a star at Cleburne County High School where he was an all-state performer.